Tua Tagovailoa made a confession to reporters at his first media availability of the 2021 NFL offseason.
The Dolphins rookie stated that he did not know the playbook that effectively throughout his rookie yr.
“I wasn’t snug calling performs,” Tagovailoa stated, per Adam H. Beasley of The Miami Herald. “I believe the fellows that had been right here final yr had been phenomenal. I simply didn’t have the comfortability of checking performs, alerting performs and doing that. I simply rode with the play, even when I knew it wasn’t going to work. I used to be going to attempt to make it work nonetheless.”
Tagovailoa would go on to say that the staff needed to hold its play calls “easy” for him, and took the onus for not being as effectively ready as he would’ve appreciated.
“I didn’t really know the playbook essentially actually, actually good, and that’s nobody else’s fault however my fault,” Tagovailoa stated. “Our play calls had been easy after I was in. I didn’t have alerts and checks. The place now, I really feel snug and I can maneuver my method by way of these items now.”
To Tagovailoa’s credit score, he had an honest rookie season, all issues thought of. The uncooked numbers do not look nice, as he averaged 200.6 passing yards per begin and threw for 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. And now and again, Ryan Fitzpatrick needed to relieve him late in video games when he wasn’t sharp.
That stated, Tagovailoa was the one rookie quarterback to put up a successful document on the season. He went 6-3 in his 9 begins and had the Dolphins combating for a playoff spot late within the yr.
Plus, he was only one yr faraway from a catastrophic hip damage that he suffered throughout his faculty days at Alabama. And on high of that, he handled an abbreviated offseason due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Which will have made it tougher for him to rise up to hurry on the NFL degree each on and off the sphere.
May Tagovailoa have been higher as a rookie? Positively, and his terrible three-interception finale towards the Payments with a playoff spot on the road for Miami left a nasty style within the mouths of many followers.
But when he is aware of that his information of the playbook was a weak level and works on it this offseason, he ought to have a great likelihood to enhance it.
And this time, he’ll have a full offseason at his disposal to be taught it in full.